Pushpinder Gill

Professional Portrait of PhD Student

Pushpinder Gill is a Ph.D. candidate in Marketing at Ivy College of Business, Iowa State University. His research interest lies in understanding how the spatial characteristics of an organization influence its market and financial performance. His dissertation uses franchising as the research context and unpacks the complex practice of multi-unit franchising by relying on a rigorous integration of theory, secondary franchising, and social media data, and econometric methods.

Pushpinder has presented his research at multiple American Marketing Association conferences five times and won the best paper award twice in Inter-organizational Research Track. He was also awarded the departmental research award twice. Pushpinder defended the proposal of his three-essay dissertation successfully in April, 2020. His dissertation examines a very important but long-neglected topic in franchising: multi-unit franchising. His studies examine the performance of multi-unit franchisees from a store level as well as from a chain level using a highly unique set of data from multiple sources. Pushpinder’s first essay was invited to revise and resubmit from one of the premier journals in the marketing field (Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science).

In addition to the research focus, he has diverse teaching experiences over the last ten years, educating different audiences in multiple countries. During this time, he has gained technological skills to handle both online and hybrid classes. In terms of content areas, his teaching interests include social media marketing, digital marketing, retailing, and marketing analytics. One of his ongoing ventures includes an online aptitude learning platform which has more than 100,000 student members.

HeyIn Gang

HeyIn Gang is a Ph.D. candidate in Management in the Ivy College of Business at Iowa State University. Before joining doctoral program here, HeyIn worked in a retail company in South Korea. She holds M.S. in Statistics and B.A. in International Studies and International Administration.

Research interests: HeyIn’s research interests concern gender and leadership. More specifically, she is researching gender differences in leadership styles and self-confidence, motivation to lead, and gender operationalizations, as well as the relationship between masculinity and femininity and managerial aspirations. She is also interested in gender and entrepreneurship studies, scale development and validation, and structural equation modeling.

Her dissertation includes a review of gender conceptualizations in literature, a meta-analysis on gender differences in core self-evaluations, and an experimental study of gender differences in motivation to lead and managerial aspirations.

Teaching interests: She has taught an undergraduate Organizational Behavior course multiple times since 2019. She is also interested in teaching courses in leadership and gender issues.

Ke Gong

Ke Gong is a Ph.D. candidate in Management at Ivy College of Business, Iowa State University. His research interests are in corporate governance and nonmarket strategy. His dissertation analyzes how political factors affect the commission and detection of financial fraud. He has working papers on how CEOs influence firm performance and what drives firms’ prosocial behavior as well as misbehavior. Ke has two papers under review related to managerial actions and reputation perceptions. One is currently under review at the Journal of Business Research. The other is an accepted proposal at the Academy of Management Perspectives.

Ke has over ten years of industry experience in multiple companies. Before joining the Ph.D. program, he worked at Intel China for six years as a Senior Business Analyst supporting top management making strategic plans. Ke earned a Master of Business Administration from Beihang University and a Master’s in International Business from Grenoble Ecole de Management.

Ke has taught the undergraduate capstone Strategic Management course (‘Strategic Management’-MGMT 478) for three semesters and was recently awarded the Graduate College Teaching Excellence Award.

Research interests: Corporate Governance, Nonmarket Strategy, Reputation, Entrepreneurial Activities, Family Business

Teaching interests: Strategic Management, Entrepreneurship, Management Principles

Verónica Martin Ruiz

Professional Portrait of PhD Student

Verónica Martin Ruiz is a Ph.D. candidate in Marketing in the Ivy College of Business at Iowa State University. She conducts consumer behavior research in cross-cultural and multicultural markets. Her inter-disciplinary research interests to date are twofold. Substantively, Verónica focuses on how cultural norms affect consumer and employee responses and behaviors. Her dissertation focuses on triggered responses and potential interventions that can be used to redirect behavior in the medical context. She is also working on related projects in other consumer and work contexts. Verónica is also involved in the TCR community where, with other TCR scholars, she is exploring how diversity and inclusion initiatives in organizations affect individual wellbeing across contexts. Further, Verónica is exploring methodological advances in the cross-cultural research domain. She has a manuscript under second review with the Journal of Public Policy and Marketing and several research projects at different stages of development. Her research has been recognized by the AMA Foundation with the 2019 Valuing Diversity Ph.D. Award and the 2020 Rama and Shridar Ramaswami Marketing Research Excellence Award, along with several doctoral Fellowships.

To date, Verónica has taught Consumer Behavior and Principles of Marketing courses. Her goals are to train successful marketing professionals who are curious and strong critical thinkers, and inspire students to pursue their best in all they do.

Before joining the Ivy College of Business doctoral program, Verónica spent more than 10 years in professional roles in the financial and automotive industries. She also holds an MBA from Iowa State University, a Masters on Translation and Localization Management from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, and a B.A. in Translation and Interpretation from the Universidad de Granada (Spain). She has served as the Chair for AMA’s Doctoral Student SIG and as reviewer for AMA, ACR, and MPPC conferences. She is also a member of The Ph.D. Project.

Sebastian Cortes Mejia

Short bio: Sebastian has a double Bachelor of Science in industrial engineering and international business administration. Before joining the Ph.D. he worked for three years and a half as a research assistant and for one year as lecturer.

Research interests: Sebastian’s research interests are mostly around strategic leadership, managerial cognition, and corporate social responsibility. He studies investors and firms’ responses to executives’ negative non-work behaviors, by exploring cognition as the pervasive human dimension that facilitates the overlap between work and non-work lives of top managers. Furthermore, he is interested on the factors that determine the scope of the influence of non-work life of top managers on the firm and the scope of the responsibility of the firm on its influence on cognition of individuals. Sebastian has a paper published in the journal of organizational behavior and one of his conference presentation papers was nominated for the best article in social issues in management in AOM 2020 entitling to publish a short version of the article in the proceedings.

Teaching interests: Sebastian’s teaching interests are mostly in strategic management, innovation, and entrepreneurship. He has taught for three semesters at Iowa State University strategic management 478 that is a management class required for all business majors, and he was a lecturer for two semesters in Colombia teaching innovation and entrepreneurship.

Alaa Nehme

Professional Portrait of PhD Student

Alaa Nehme is a PhD candidate in Information Systems. His research focuses on information security. He has taught Advanced Business Analytics (MIS446), Systems Analysis and Design (MIS310), and Introduction to MIS (MIS301).

Research Interests: Information Security | Information Privacy | Information Ethics | IT Use and Adoption.

Teaching Interests: Data/Business Analytics / Data Mining / Machine Learning | Information Security | Systems Analysis and Design | IS Technical Topics (e.g., Programming, Database Systems, etc.) | IS Management Topics (e.g., IT Strategy, Knowledge Management, etc.), Trends & Issues in MIS  (e.g., Blockchain, Ethics, etc.).

Email address:  anehme@iastate.edu  |  Personal Webpage: alaanehme.com.